Maximize the impact of your academic advising program.
Academic advising is a key success strategy to increase student persistence and success. Despite this, few campuses have implemented a strategic approach to advising. During this training, we will take an in-depth look at best-practice research, advising methodology, and implementation of system-wide change.
Join us to explore the key elements of an effective advising program: mission alignment, organization, training, delivery, and assessment. Through lecture, activities, and discussion, you will finalize a working action plan that will allow your team to:
Breakout sessions during the training will place you in working groups with peers who are in similar stages of the strategic planning process to address specific needs for both faculty and professional advisors.
Learn how you can develop a new or improved advisor training plan for your institution though a tried and true development rubric. You will leave with a plan that is tailored to your specific institutional needs and have a defined path for implementing it.
This program is ideal for institutional teams who are thinking about creating or working on a strategic plan to maximize the impact of academic advising on student success and retention, including:
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Learning Outcome:After participating in this conference, you will be able to inform your strategic plan to maximize the impact of academic advising on student success and retention at your institution.
Every institution has a unique set of challenges and needs when examining academic advisor competencies and skills. Developing a tailored pathway to train new and experienced advisors on these skills can be a simple process when approached with a focused format. Join us for a pre-conference workshop that will help you take the lead on advisor training by implementing a proven development rubric. We will discuss:
You will leave with a new or improved advisor training plan tailored to your institutional needs and a path for implementation.
Tom Grites currently has responsibilities for academic orientation programming, First-Year Experience efforts, transfer student initiatives, liaison with the Division of Student Affairs, and various other projects. He also teaches a seminar course for new transfer students each semester. He previously served as director of academic advising, interim director of teacher education, interim dean of social and behavioral sciences, and assistant to the vice president for academic affairs in his 35-plus years at Stockton.
Dr. Grites was one of the founding members of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and served as its president for two terms. He currently serves as a senior editor of the NACADA Journal and regularly provides other services to NACADA. Dr. Grites has written over 60 journal articles, book chapters, and professional reports; he has delivered more than 125 conference presentations; and he has conducted faculty development workshops and academic advising program reviews on over 130 campuses.
In her current role, Dr. Priest provides leadership and administration to 11 UCF units, over 140 employees, and a budget of over 18 million dollars. These units focus on the transition, retention, and graduation of UCF students. The units also provide transitional support services such as orientation, academic advising, career services, and learning support opportunities that empower students to succeed. Under her leadership SDES has been recognized nationally for the following awards and recognitions: NACADA Outstanding Institutional Advising Program, NACADA Outstanding Electronic Publication Award, NCLCA/LSCHE Website Excellence Award, NASPA Exemplary Program Award, and the Noel-Levitz Retention Excellence Award. Further, she was selected for the HERS Women’s Leadership Institute and the National Resource Centers’ Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award. In addition, she is the principal investigator for the Department of Education, Student Support Services grants. These grants, totaling over 2 million dollars, and were awarded by the department of education to provide opportunities and resources to low-income and first-generation students. Dr. Priest is a strong advocate for student success and works diligently in assisting students to reach their full potential.
Karen Thurmond’s responsibilities include advocacy for academic advising initiatives and for academic advisors serving in a faculty, peer, or professional role. She also coordinates the day-to-day operations of the general education program (core curriculum), degree audit system (DegreeWorks), and an 24/7 system for academic advising appointments (AppointmentPlus) at the University of Memphis, and is a staff member of the Center for Academic Transition, where transfer students are advised in their first semester.
Ms. Thurmond has written for the NACADA monograph on advising transfer students (on four year to four year transfer), and for the NACADA New Advisor Guidebook (on the environment of higher education). She chaired the NACADA Webinar Advisory Board, served on the Administrator’s Institute Advisory Board, and served as a member of NACADA’s Emerging Leaders Development team, and served as NACADA Region 3 (TN, KY, WV, NC, SC) Chair. Ms. Thurmond most recently completed work with a team to automate the graduation process at The University of Memphis. Ms. Thurmond manages the six-year graduation project at the University of Memphis, where intrusive advising initiatives increased a cohort’s six-year graduation rate by 8%.
Hyatt Regency New Orleans601 Loyola AvenueNew Orleans, LA 70113
To reserve your room, please click here or call 504-561-1234. Please indicate that you are with the Academic Impressions group to receive the group rate.
The rate is $189 for single occupancy.
A room block has been reserved for the nights of June 4, 5, and 6, 2017.
Make your reservations prior to May 8, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early. Rooms are subject to hotel availability.
The Hyatt Regency New Orleans offers you great restaurants, rooms, and unparalleled service. Modern business and meeting facilities, and two restaurants and two bars, plus a full-service Starbucks and 24-hour grab-n-go fresh market means you never have to go outside the hotel for entertainment or business.
The Hyatt Regency is located approximately 15 miles from Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) and is conveniently located within walking distance of many of the city’s most popular historic sites, entertainment and sports venues, including the neighboring Mercedes Benz Superdome.
“This has been one of the better conferences I have attended. The presenters are personable and appear to be genuinely vested in the success of the students and that of the participants. The information provided was extremely practical with theory to back up the practice.”- Rhonda Battle, Coordinator, CASA Academy and FYE, Morgan State University
“The presenters of the conference were above those of any others with their knowledge, experience, and skill sets. I wish all conferences and presentations held the same value.”- John McDuffie, Academic Advisor, Metropolitan State University of Denver
“One of the best conferences I have ever attended for higher ed! Speakers were knowledgeable and I learned more than what I came expecting. Entertaining and fun hands-on learning that gave me tools to use when I return back to my university. Well worth the money! I wish it was longer because I really enjoyed it.”- Alysyn Middleton, Advisor, Metropolitan State University of Denver
“For anyone looking for detailed information about creating an academic advising program and how to implement training, this is a perfect conference to attend.”- Sharon Allen, Assistant Dean of Counseling, Eastern Arizona College
“The information is valuable. I now have a lot of great ideas to take back to my university.”- Amie Redmond, Assistant Dean of Academic and Student Services, Syracuse University
“I am leaving this conference filled to the brim with practical information to share with my institution. Thank you for your stories, insights, and expertise.”- Jessica Ha, Transfer Student Success Coordinator, Florida Institute of Technology
“There was a focus and a well-defined agenda that was complemented by a thorough manual! Left with great ideas and goals for the direction of my unit.”- Deidre Marriner, Director of Undergraduate Advising, University at Buffalo
“Not only was this conference informative/informational, it was interactive and personable. We, the attendees, were intentionally and strategically arranged for the effectiveness of group activities.”- Shanise Greene, Academic Advisor, Augusta Technical College
“All over, I am glad I have participated and for sure will use the information and skills I learned.”- Victoria Volkis, Associate Professor, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
“The conference was amazing in that it covered a great range of topics relevant to higher education in a pressure-free and comfortable setting.”- Ashton Darrett, Academic Counselor, Berkshire Community College
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